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May 20th, 2016
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Nanaimo Volunteer fire department 1894

In 1890, the community launched a campaign to build a fire house. Leveraging donated land and materials, the Nanaimo Volunteer Fire Department’s station was constructed on the corner of Wharf and Front Streets, complete with a fire engine bought from the City of Portland and a 500’ hose, that cost a staggering $250.

The first battalion consisted of 30 volunteers from the local community, all of whom lived in the immediate area surrounding the station.

In 1894, a fire at the Royal Hotel quickly spread to the fire station, burning it to the ground. Shortly after a new station was constructed on Nicol Street, which still stands today.

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